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3sat TV interviewed Data & Society Founder and President danah boyd at re:publica 2018 about gaining control of our data privacy. The video is in German.

 


video | 01.24.18

Are Internet Trolls Born or Made?

Amanda Lenhart, Kathryn Zickuhr

What are internet trolls? Above the Noise explains where internet trolls come from in this video and encourages watchers to read Data & Society’s report “Online Harassment, Digital Abuse, and Cyberstalking in America.”


At this year’s Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall 2017 Membership Meeting, Bonnie Tijerina spoke about the implications of using data science in libraries.

“Data science approaches may shed light on otherwise hard-to-see problems in the library.”  — D&S researcher Bonnie Tijerina


 

The informational, economic, and political influence of the dominant tech platforms — Google, Facebook, and Amazon in particular — has become a central topic of debate. In this talk, K. Sabeel Rahman argues that these firms are best understood as the core infrastructure of our 21st century economy and public sphere. The infrastructural power of these firms raises a range of policy questions. What exactly about these firms (e.g., their accumulation of data, their gatekeeping functions, their control over vital public and economic functions like retail delivery or online speech) is “infrastructural?” How should these infrastructural functions be governed and regulated, in light of both their economic and political influence?

Professor Rahman sketches some tentative answers to these questions, drawing on the intellectual history of early 20th century “public utility regulation,” where reformers developed a compelling approach to diagnosing and remedying the problem of private power over the essential infrastructure of the industrial economy, from railroads to finance.

This history suggests some design principles and opens up some novel implications for addressing the problem of platform power in the digital economy. The talk explores more contemporary analogies and applications in the context of our current debates over informational platforms, big data, AI, and algorithms, in order to sketch out some principles for what a public utility-style regulatory approach to Internet platforms would look like.

K. Sabeel Rahman is a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, an Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Rahman earned his AB at Harvard College summa cum laude in Social Studies and returned to Harvard for his JD at Harvard Law School and his PhD in the Harvard Government Department. He also has degrees in Economics and Sociolegal Studies from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.


The Daily 360 interviews D&S INFRA Lead Ingrid Burrington about how we can see the internet in everyday life.

“First place to look if you’re looking for the internet on a city street is down because a lot of it runs through fiberoptic cables that are buried under the street.”


Is Facebook a platform or a media company? NBC News THINK asks D&S researcher Robyn Caplan to comment on the recent tech hearings.

Facebook thinks of itself as a neutral platform where everyone can come and share ideas…They’re basically saying that they’re the neutral public sphere. That they are the marketplace of ideas, instead of being the marketers of ideas.”


video | 01.04.17

Encrypt the Web

Baratunde Thurston

D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston discusses EFF’s work to encrypt the web and switch every site to https://.


D&S advisor Hilary Mason presents her process for discovering changes in markets.


D&S founder danah boyd spoke at the Algorithmic Accountability and Transparency in the Digital Economy panel at the EU Parliament.


D&S researcher Amanda Lenhart participates in the Relationships and Privacy in a World of Tinder and Twitter panel at Kids Online.


D&S affiliate Karen Levy is interviewed about her scholarly work.


D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington speaks “on architecture, industry, alchemy, violence, and computation”.


D&S fellow Mimi Onuoha participates in the ‘Tech-Driven Activism’ panel at Eyeo 2016.

Tech-Driven Activism – How can code-based practices contribute to effective activism? How can activist approaches allow us to examine and interrogate systems of technology? In this panel, a diverse group of artists and activists discussed how they are approaching these questions through their work and research.


video | 03.04.16

Technology, Privacy, and the Future of Education Symposium

Ted Magder, Richard Arum, Anya Kamenetz, Kouross Esmaeli, Natasha Singer, Brett Frischmann, Mitchell Stevens, Elana Zeide, Helen Nissenbaum

Data & Society Fellow Natasha Singer participated in a panel alongside D&S Affiliates Elaina Zeide and Hellen Nissenbaum on the Implications of Data-driven Education as part of the Technology, Privacy, and the Future of Education symposium, hosted by the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt.

The symposium brought together educational specialists, journalists, and academics to open a dialogue around the pedagogical, legal, and ethical repercussions of the use of new technologies in educational environments.

The symposium took place on March 4, 2016.

 


video | 12.15.15

Big Data Ethics Support Systems and Networks

Bonnie Tijerina, Emily F. Keller

D&S researchers Bonnie Tijerina and Emily Keller present the work of the Supporting Ethics in Data Research project at the Coalition for Networked Information Fall 2015 meeting:

Big Data Ethics Support Systems and Networks from CNI Video Channel on Vimeo.


In this video from Transition 2015, D&S fellow Tim Hwang gives an overview of “Why Standards Matter” in his presentation that provides insight into the power that global standards have to mold the world.


video | 07.02.15

Data Ethics in the Age of the Quantified Society

Kate Crawford, Jonathan Zittrain, Ashkan Soltani, Alexis Madrigal

“Leading thinkers from business, government, civil society, and academia [including D&S affiliate Kate Crawford] explore and debate ethics in the age of the quantified society. What role do ethics play in guiding existing efforts to develop and deploy data and information technologies? Does data ethics need to develop as a field to help guide policy, research, and practice — just as bioethics did in order to guide medicine and biology? Why or why not?”



D&S fellow Ingrid Burrington spoke at the 2015 Eyeo Festival:

It Tends To Annihilate Distance – This is mostly a talk about making maps and staying human while living among killing machines. Topics covered may include railroads, fiber optic cable, logistics, work, loneliness, and time travel.

Eyeo 2015 – Ingrid Burrington from Eyeo Festival // INSTINT on Vimeo.


“As policy concerns around intelligent and autonomous systems come to focus increasingly on transparency and usability, the time is ripe for an inquiry into the theater of autonomous systems. When do (and when should) law and policy explicitly regulate the optics of autonomous systems (for instance, requiring electric vehicle engines to ‘rev’ audibly for safety reasons) as opposed to their actual capabilities? What are the benefits and dangers of doing so? What economic and social pressures compel a focus on system theater, and what are the ethical and policy implications of such a focus?”

D&S fellows Karen Levy and Tim Hwang presented a paper on The Presentation of the Machine in Everyday (discussant: Evan Selinger) at WeRobot 2015.


“Algorithms are a part of our daily lives, impacting everything from our Internet searches, to our credit scores, healthcare and policing. As they become more ubiquitous, The Agenda asks whether we should allow ourselves to be so reliant on them, and who, if anyone, is policing their use?”

Data & Society fellow Karen Levy joins a conversation with William Huggins, Jonathan Obar, and Marina Sokolova.

Invasion of the Algorithms, The Agenda with Steve Paikin (TVO), March 19, 2015


D&S researcher Monica Bulger participated in a discussion about Media Literacy & Data Literacy.


WNET Religion & Ethics Newsweekly | 01.09.15

Social Media Ethics

danah boyd

“Some social media companies—including Facebook—have run experiments to learn what influences user behavior. Many of these experiments have troubled both social media users and privacy advocates, who worry that this research and use of personal information is unethical.[…]
“[D&S founder danah] boyd: ‘I’m more concerned about how you get engineers to be thinking about ethical decisions and what it means to be training engineers from the get-go to really think about ethics.'”

Social Media Ethics, WNET Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, January 9, 2015


D&S researcher Monica Bulger appeared in the Myth of the Digital Native panel for the Web We Want Festival.


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